What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
80%
7%
4%
5%
423
flagMalaysia
80%
3%
0%
16%
31
flagCanada
77%
6%
4%
11%
81
flagAustralia
77%
2%
4%
12%
70
flagthe United Arab Emirates
77%
3%
6%
12%
31
flagthe Philippines
76%
4%
3%
10%
64
flagthe United States
75%
6%
6%
8%
1098
flagSpain
72%
3%
10%
10%
29
flagNorway
71%
8%
6%
14%
49
flagthe United Kingdom
70%
6%
7%
14%
656
flagGermany
67%
5%
9%
16%
238
flagItaly
67%
18%
8%
6%
49
flagPakistan
66%
7%
7%
12%
56
flagthe Netherlands
64%
8%
10%
16%
56
flagPoland
62%
7%
11%
17%
20051
flagUkraine
62%
11%
5%
20%
35
flagNigeria
62%
17%
3%
6%
29
flagFrance
59%
9%
9%
21%
64
flagRepublic of Ireland
55%
11%
16%
16%
43
flagUnknown
54%
8%
9%
26%
869

Gender

men57%
women63%
lead
57%
63%
mercury
7%
7%
iron
12%
12%
chalk
23%
17%

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